1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I work in a technical role - with the Payments platform. I come up with new program solutions, usually coded in Java. I also undertake other work daily, most of which has a technical tone; however we also regularly undertake fundraising work for charity, which is always good fun.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many new technical skills, and also lots of soft skills. I feel that this Apprenticeship will stand me in good stead for the future - as I will be able to integrate in teams much quicker.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy every day of the programme, as I get to talk to many different people each day. Also, I always have plenty of tasks to be getting on with, so I never get bored.
4. How valued do you feel by Lloyds Banking Group?
I feel valued by Lloyds as they always keep us in touch with the programme and we are encouraged to offer feedback on a regular basis. We are also treated as permanent colleagues and undertake all of the same mandatory tasks as other colleagues.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme has a clear structure and we have a clear path for what we will be working towards in our 18 month programme. We regularly have events to check on our progress which helps identify gaps in our knowledge.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We regularly meet with our training provider assessor to keep up on track with our progress. They have a clear syllabus that we need to cover in our time on the programme.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive lots of support from my employer... as much as if I was a "standard" permanent employee. I regularly have 1-2-1's with other colleagues and managers to update on my progress.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is very good compared to my costs. As I work within London, living costs are higher - as are travel costs etc. This is reflected by the London Allowance that I receive monthly.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many social opportunities and networking events set up for colleagues. I regularly play football with the other trainees in my area.
9. Would you recommend Lloyds Banking Group to a friend?
It's a fun place to work and very productive in building my knowledge. I would definitely recommend LBG to a friend.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Lloyds Banking Group?
I would encourage you to be unique and be yourself. Lloyds are looking for the right people that they can mould into the next IT genuises. Even if you don't think you possess the necessary skills - I would still apply, as you will be trained up sufficiently to really enjoy your work!
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